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Creative Nomad Zen Extra 30g should I?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by ChrisHeflen, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. ChrisHeflen

    ChrisHeflen Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2002
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    On sale at Fry's for 199.99. I have been wanting a player bad, but is this a good one? I am pretty ignorant about them. Can I use it with most of the music sites? My pc has Windows Xp. Is that compatible?

  2. Mark Leiter

    Mark Leiter Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 1999
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    I just traded in my 3 week old Zen 40G for a equivalent iPOD.

    The Zen is a pretty good MP3 player. It works great on XP and you can use files from just about any source with it. I didn't care for the software bundled with it. If you have your own already like Music Match use that instead.

    I ended up swapping mine out because I just didn't like the way the Zen managed music files. I want to be able to sort files like...

    genre---> artist---> album---> track--->

    on the Zen if you use genre you can only sort like this...

    genre---> album or track

    It may not seem like much but when you have over 4,000 tracks on the dang thing you need all sorting options you can get.

    I also found that the iPOD just seems to be made better. It has a more solid feel to it. And the interface is a lot more elegant. For me the I tried the Zen for about a month but in the end I felt the extra hundred dollars or so was worth it.

    Good Luck

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